The Mason Elephant Rescue Park Struggles to feed their Sumatran Elephants
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The Mason Elephant Rescue Park Struggles to feed their Sumatran Elephants

Consequences of the Pandemic in Bali results in The Mason Elephant Rescue Park and Sanctuary in Bali, struggling to feed the 30 Sumatran Elephants under their care.

Over the last 25 years, the Sumatran elephant has lost more than 70% of both its natural habitat and population, making it a critically endangered species as there are estimated to be less than 800 left in the wild, and it’s expected they could become completely extinct in Sumatra before 2030. As a result, many elephants were placed in concentration camps. The average life expectancy is approx. 5 years.

The Mason Elephant Rescue Park is Bali’s only dedicated elephant sanctuary supporting the 30 Sumatran elephant herd, giving them a place where visitors have the rare opportunity to have a up-close experience with these gentle giants.

Today the park is home to a beautiful and healthy herd of 30, with 24 having been rescued from the Sumatran concentration camps, and 6 babies born naturally at the park in Bali. The elephants were entrusted to the Mason’s as custodians by the Sumatran government, as sadly there is no wild for them to return to in Sumatra.

The Mason Elephant Rescue Park and Sanctuary supports over 100 local staff and families from surrounding villages and it is the only elephant park in Asia to receive gold accreditation from the Asian Captive Elephants Standards (ACES), animal welfare organization providing parks with the methodology to ensure elephants proper care through a rigorous process, conducted by veterinarians, researchers, and conservationists.

Save Bali Elephants is a registered nonprofit solely created to generate the emergency funds needed to ensure the herd can make it through the disastrous effects of this global pandemic. Every elephant eats 250kg of food daily and every month costs $30,000 USD to feed and proper care. 100% of every donation directly goes directly towards the 30 Elephants in the Herd. The non profit organization sole mission is to raise the $30,000 USD per month just to continue to feed and look after the herd until Bali reopens again, which could be well into 2022. Without raising these funds, we are terrified we’ll see deaths of these magnificent animals.

Since 1997, the Mason Elephant Park has never asked for donations, as funds from visitors have always been the support needed to look after the herd. No one expected this pandemic to go on for as long as it has, but with still no clear end in sight, the park is now left with no choice but to reach out for help.

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